DIY Project : Build Your Own Tipsy Pots Planter

Surely by now you have seen those nifty tipsy-pots planters in the gardening magazines and on the Internet. I think they are great and made one last spring, then added a few summer flowers to it as the season progressed. But now it was time for a Fall overhaul! Since I was redoing the plantings, I decided to take the whole thing apart and show the steps so you can make one, too.

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Fall Tipsy-Pots Planter ~ so easy, inexpensive and fun to make!

To get started, you’ll need:

  • four clay pots (mine were the same size, but experiment with what you have!) and a large clay pot for the bottom
  • 2 bricks
  • a finial (bought or homemade)
  • a 4 foot  (or longer) piece of rebar
  • Moisture Control potting mix (or any mix with water retention beads added – you don’t want to water every five minutes!)
  • a selection of plants (I used 4 small mums, 6 yellow pansies, 1 curry plant, and 1 plectranthus , plus I kept some of the creeping jenny that was already there)

Now follow the picture directions below and have fun making your own variation!

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Step #1 ~ Gather materials for planting the tipsy-pots:  four small and one large clay pot, 2 bricks, a finial , a 4 foot or longer piece of rebar, potting mix with water retention beads added  and a selection of fall plants (mums, pansies, curry plant, plectranthus)

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Step # 2 ~ insert rebar into pot & down through drain hole into the ground for stability

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Step # 3 ~ Upend the bricks and sink into the soil on either side of the rebar and place the edge of the first pot on one

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Step # 4 ~ 2 pots stacked on the rebar (tilt each pot the opposite direction so it rests on the pot below it)

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Step # 5 ~ Continue stacking the pots, now 3 pots on the rebar post

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Step # 6 ~ Place the final pot on and top with a finial, 4 pots now on the rebar and you are ready to plant

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Step # 7 ~ We need something decorative ~ an added touch ~ a small bird bowl

Finished Fall Tipsy-Pots Planter

2 Responses so far.

  1. Ira Morse says:

    The color of your pot does not fit to your flower plant; why not change it to violet instead of red.

    • Barb says:

      Well, Ira, what I had on hand was my clay pots which I think go with any color flowers. I am not so much a matchy-matchy type person either! Painted pots are pretty too, but I prefer mine to be natural. Thanks for writing!


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